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POSTPONED: Fall 2020 Food Security Symposium   arrow

Tentative Agenda

  • 9:00am – 10:15am     Building a common language: Communities addressing food insecurity
  • 10:15am – 10:45am  Extension’s response to food insecurity from across the country
  • 10:45am – 11:00am Break
  • 11:00am – 12:00pm Hearing from Colorado: Lightening presentation
  • 12:00pm – 12:30pm  Lunch and wolf update
  • 12:30pm – 2:00pm    The hard stuff – A facilitated discussion
  • 2:00pm – 2:15pm Break
  • 2:15pm – 3:30pm      Bringing it home – Reflections and next steps

Food Insecurity

According to USDA NIFA, food insecurity “means that people do not have access, at all times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members”. In Colorado, food insecurity affects one in ten residents, including one in six children and one in ten seniors. Food insecurity not only impacts urban communities, but also rural communities. Rural areas tend to have higher poverty and unemployment rates, which affect people’s ability to access nutritious food.


Hosted by CSU Extension and CSU Agricultural Experiment Station, the 2020 symposium will bring together Extension professionals, researchers, faculty and staff from across the state. Participants will have opportunity to wrestle with the wicked problem of food insecurity, and hear how Extension/Experiment Station professionals in Colorado and beyond are taking steps to respond to food insecurity in their own communities.


  • Provide participants who are working in Colorado communities with education and technical assistance to support work on food insecurity
  • Assist participants in developing a personalized plan to meet the needs of their community, while recognizing limits on their personal commitments and available resources
  • Create partnerships among Colorado food insecurity stakeholders


  • Building community coalitions: Community problems are too large and complex for any one agency or organization to tackle. In these circumstances, bringing together coalitions of groups and individuals can be an effective strategy for change. We will review what community coalitions are, why and when they can be a good strategy, who should be included, and how to implement and maintain them.
  • Increasing community awareness: Increase public understanding and awareness that solving hunger is vital to the health and well-being of all individuals and families.

Who should attend:

Extension professionals, researchers, and campus faculty working on food insecurity issues or considering working on the subject in their community.

Thank you to our sponsors: